Angie's List: When to Remove a Tree

Published On: Aug 16 2012 11:18:54 AM CDT
Angie's List When to Remove a Tree

Each year, thousands of trees in the U.S. are damaged by storms, wind, lightning and ice, causing millions of dollars in property damage.

Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can add up to 15 percent of value to your property.

Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews, asked highly rated tree service companies about how to know when it’s time to remove a tree.

Some signs that homeowners should look for include dead wood of either multiple branches or the trunk, poor leaf development in the crown, and discoloration and separation of the bark on the main stem. When a large branch breaks off the main tree and gets lodged within the other branches or if a significant crack is found, the tree should be removed.


The best methods for removing trees are those used by trained arborists.

Costs for removal:

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